By Framingham State athletics
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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State volleyball team has won the 2016 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship after defeating #3 seed MCLA 3-0 in the championship round Saturday afternoon in Framingham.
This is the third straight year the Rams have won the MASCAC Tournament and fourth time in 5 seasons.
The Rams (22-11) earn the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament. Framingham State awaits their matchup to be announced during the NCAA Division III Volleyball Selection Show that will air this Monday, November 7 at 12:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Framingham State senior and 2016 MASCAC Player of the Year, Alycia Rackliffe was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Final: #1 Framingham State 3, #3 MCLA 0
Tournament MVP Alycia Rackliffe paced the Rams with a game-high sixteen kills for a .344 hitting percentage, adding seven digs and four assists. Senior Julia Wan added seven kills and 8 digs. Mackenzie Whalen and Deirdre Fay each added a team-high 11 digs while Whalen earned 29 assists.
Allison Clark led the Trailblazers with 8 kills and 12 digs. Michelle Laga also earned 12 digs which Taylor Wiese (Las Vegas, NV) added 14 assists.
The first set was tight late in the set when a Fish kill cut the FSU lead to 18-17 but the Rams went on a four point rally to pull away and win the frame 25-18. The second game also got off to an even start but the Rams pulled away after a 10-2 run to go up 20-11.
MCLA finishes as the MASCAC Tournament Runner-up for the second straight year and end the tournament with an overall record of 17-14.
Semifinal #1: #1 Framingham State 3, #4 Bridgewater State 0
In the day’s opening match top seed Framingham State University swept fourth seeded Bridgewater State 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-14 & 25-16.
With the win, the Rams improved to 21-10 on the year and advanced the MASCAC Championship Round.
The Rams were paced by senior Alycia Rackliffe who had a game high 19 kills with a hitting percentage of .405. Senior Julia Wan added 12 kills with a hitting percentage of .333. Sophomore Mackenzie Whalen had a game-high 34 assists adding 8 digs.
The Bears received a double-double performance from senior Hannah Maymon who registered 11 kills and 12 digs. Clara Goncalves added nine kills and Cassidy Tyros picked up a game-high 17 digs.
The Bears see their season close with an overall record of 11-20.